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Youth Concerts

Youth Concerts have long been a favorite way to introduce children to the exhilarating experience of attending a live orchestral performance. The Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra's first Youth Concerts were presented in 1977. The project always proves popular with students and has enthusiastic support and assistance from local music teachers. Because of the continuing support of area foundations, businesses and individual contributors, we can ensure that future generations experience our Youth Concerts and the thrill of symphonic music.

Our 2014 Youth Concerts will be on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at Old Cabell Hall on the grounds of the University of Virginia.


In 2013 our Youth Concerts showcased Symphonic Jazz!
The Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Kate Tamarkin performed pieces by Ellington, Stravinsky, Bernstein and Joplin composed in the symphonic jazz style.  The Free Bridge Quintet joined the orchestra in the world premiere of a work based on the Caldecott Honor Award-winning book by Rachel Isadora, Ben's Trumpet (Copyright 1979 by Rachel Isadora Majorano, used by permission of HarperCollins Publishers), composed by local jazz legend John D'earth.  Over 1,600 area students met the instrument families and learned about jazz. This popular annual event is especially designed for fourth and fifth graders.

Photo courtesy of Dan Addison

Please download information about the 2013 Youth Concerts by clicking on the following links:

Click here for the 2013 Youth Concert Invitation
Click here for General Information about the 2013 Youth Concerts

Click here for the 2013 Youth Concert Study Guide
Click here for Activities Related to 4th and 5th grade Virginia State SOLs

***Click here for Bus and Car Driving Directions specific to the Youth Concerts***
Click here for Bus Drop-Off/Pick-Up/Car Park Map
Click here for Map of Grounds from parking/bus stop to Old Cabell Hall

Click here for 2013 Seating Information
Click here for 10:00 a.m. Seating Chart
Click here for Information about Entering at 10:00 a.m.
Click here for 11:30 a.m. Seating Chart
Click here for Information about Entering at 11:30 a.m.

Click here for Information about Exiting the Concert Hall
Click here for the 2013 Youth Concert Evaluation Form

For further information about our outreach programs, please contact Elizabeth Roberts, Director of Youth Education, at


The 2013 concert is sponsored through the generous support of the Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band in the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF) and the Mr. and Mrs. James L. Brown Fund for Youth Concerts.


Youth Concert Evaluation Form

Download Evaluation Form